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Fort Worth Motorola plant sheds workers

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The new Motorola smartphone plant in Fort Worth has been open less than two months but is already shedding staff, according to now ex-employees.

"When they first hired everybody, it was a hiring frenzy.  Some people quit jobs to go to this job.  The governor came, he told us how we were a part of history," said Dee, an employee who didn't want her last name used.

Dee estimates her and roughly 200 temporary employees are now without a job. She was told the ‘C shift' was being canceled. The jobs were supposed to last at least six months.

Motorola issued a statement to FOX4: "It is common for workforce numbers to change over the course of production. And with the completion of the initial production ramp at our Fort Worth factory and in connection with changing shift patterns, there is currently less demand for temporary workers."

Economist Allyn Needham said a need to trim production costs could be behind them move.

"I think it's disappointing when you had something that started with such great fanfare," Needham said.

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